Radio Auction – Thursday, May 8, 2014

Click HERE to view a full list of auction items, auction blocks, item values, and starting bids.

Bid on a variety of exciting items and support the VYOA!  On Thursday, May 8th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, the The Radio Vermont Group will host an on-air auction of dozens of items with all proceeds going to support VYOA ensembles and outreach programs.  You can listen to the auction streaming live at www.wdevradio.com or on these fine stations:

WDEV 550 AM
WDEV 96.1 FM
WDEV 96.5 FM
WCVT 101.7 FM
WCVT 102.5 FM
WLVB 93.9 FM
101.9 The Kingdom

Check back often, as we will continue to list items until the event!

Auction Block A – Warm Up

A1 – High Mowing Organic Seeds: Heirloom Vegetable Lovers Seeds ($30 value)

Our selection of organic heirloom seed includes many varieties noted for their interesting history, unique appearance and exceptional flavor. Heirlooms are open-pollinated varieties that pre-date modern breeding work. Because heirloom varieties precede the commercialization of agriculture, the seeds for these varieties were not produced by seed companies and sold to the public but rather grown on a localized and small scale and passed along from neighbor to neighbor and within families for generations. Many heirloom varieties are currently enjoying revivals as the public gains appreciation for their importance in maintaining genetic diversity, their historical appeal and superior flavor.

A2 – Keith’s II Sports: Full Zip Micro Fleece Jacket Size Large ($56 value)

This men’s micro fleece, full zip jacket comes in black with gray accents. It has two front zipper pockets, a sleeve pocket, shock cord drawstring hems, non-elastic cuffs, and an anti-pill finish. This stylish jacket is light weight, soft, durable, and breathable for the spring weather ahead!

A3 – Karen Pike Photography: Box of Greeting Cards ($35 value)

A4 – Concept 2: Sports Bag ($59 value)

A5 – Associates in Periodontics: Sonicare Professional Toothbrushes ($85 value)

This Philips SoniCare toothbrush provide excellent care for cleaner, healthier gums. They are the #1 recommended brand by dental professionals.

A6 – The Finest Image: Photography Gift Certificate ($400 value – min. bid $99)

Auction Block 1 – Friends of the VYOA
101 – Jay Peak Resort:  Pump House Indoor Waterpark ($140 value)

A family 4-pack admission for two adults and two kids (age 4-14)This state-of-the-art facility, a 50,000-square-foot indoor water-park, guarantees, no matter the weather, that visitors to Jay Peak will enjoy their time there.  With features like The Double Barrel Flowrider, Mill  Pond Kids Play Area, Indoor/Outdoor Hot Tubs, and Family Arcade, you are sure to have an unforgettable day!

102 – The Finest Image: Photography Gift Certificate ($400 value – min. bid $99)

103 – Design Matters:  Interior Design Consultation ($150 value)

At Design Matters, we furnish complete homes. Interior designers are on staff to help you select the furniture, area rugs, window treatments, accessories, shades, and blinds that will best suit your home and your style. This certificate is for $150 to be spent on anything in our showroom. Feel free to browse our website to see some of the designs from our over 150 vendors at www.designmattersvt.com.

104 – Leunig’s Bistro Gift Certificate/Dinner for Two ($50 value)

Come enjoy the panache of Paris and the value of Vermont, right in the center of town! Leunig’s Bistro is the best place in town to get that old world café feeling right on Church Street in Burlignton. As the winner of this package you will receive two separate certificates. Each certificate includes a dinner for two including two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts!

105 – John and Laura Fagan:  Fall Line Red Wine

Fall Line Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, WA 2004 1.5 Liter Magnum

A 1.5 liter Magnum (equal to 2 bottles) 2004 Bordeaux- style red blend from Washington. Bottles of Merlot, Cabernet franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from Destiny Ridge Vineyard.

106 – The Essex Resort and Spa:  One Night’s Accommodation in a Traditional Room ($269 value)
(minimum bid $50)

Set on 18 acres between Vermont’s Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, just minutes from downtown Burlington, The Essex Resort & Spa is a true destination unto itself. As the area’s only AAA Four Diamond hotel, they offer a wide array of cooking classes in Cook Academy, award-winning dining in Amuse and The Tavern, a full-service Spa & Fitness Center, onsite tennis and golf, fun family activities, and dozens of gardens and walking trails, all of which perfectly complement their inviting and pet friendly accommodations. This gift certificate entitles the winner to a one-night stay in a traditional room.

107 – Carolyn Bonifield:  Bronze Violinist Statue ($250 value)

This dramatic bronze statue of a female violinist immersed in her music is a stunning and substantial piece of art. The work is signed “Noee” by the artist.It weighs just over 35 pounds and is approximately two feet tall and thirty inches wide.


 

 

 

 

 

108 – Frog Hollow:  Frog Hollow Donor Membership ($100 value)

Frog Hollow donor level membership provides the recipient with a 10% discount on gallery purchases, 10% discount at Shelburne Craft School classes, notification of workshops, classes, demonstrations, exhibits, receptions, and special events. In addition, the recipient will receive complimentary gift boxes with purchases.

109 – Artist Mediums: Gift Certificate ($100 value)

110 – Homeport:  iCoffee by Remington Coffee Maker ($150 value)

iCoffee’s SteamBrew™ technology includes, six rotational hot water jets, brew-viewing window, gold-tone filtration, 12-cup fully automatic, 24-hour programmable, automatic shut-off with 2-hour keep warm, and rich coffee crèma extraction that is seen forming in the exclusive Brew Window. The iCoffee brewer is engineered to extract only the most exquisite coffee flavors.

 

 

 

 

Auction Block 2 – NBT Bank

201 – Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Las Vegas: Three Night Stay in a CityScape Suite ($3,000 value)
                      (with $500 travel credit from Milne Travel/American express)   (min. bid $1,000)

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is a sophisticated sanctuary of modern elegance prominently situated at the entrance of City Center, a magnificent urban resort destination in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. This gift certificate entitles the winner to a three-night stay in a luxurious City Scape Suite.

202 – Jim Westphalen Photography: Color Photograph ($250 value)

203 – Kimberly Bombard:  Lily Oil Painting ($450 value)

This beautiful oil painting by artist Kimberly Bombard depicts golden orange lilies blooming in a blue ceramic vase. The painting I done entirely in oils on traditional stretched canvas measuring 24”x48”.

 


 

 

 

 

204 -Davis Studios: Gift Certificate ($100 value)

This gift certificate is good for $100 toward any class, studio time, or camp at Davis Studio; classes to foster your creativity.

205 – Saint Michael’s Playhouse: Two 2014 Summer Season Subscriptions ($250 value)

Saint Michael’s Playhouse has been producing professional theater since 1947 and now entertains more than 16,000 audience members each summer. The 2014 season includes the Broadway Musical Young Frankenstein, the new comedy A Fox On The Fairway, the Broadway classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace, and Ring of Fire the Johnny Cash musical. This subscription includes two tickets to all of our summer season shows!

206 – Apple Mountain: Vermont-made Flashbag with Kimberlee Forney Chickadees Art ($50 val.)

This is a Vermont made Flashbag medium-sized tote featuring the artwork of local artist Kimberlee Forney. This design is called “Bird Melody” and features chickadees calling to one another.

 

 

 

207 – Evolution PT & Yoga: 60 minute Yoga/Therapy Session ($100 value)

208 – Montshire Museum of Science:  4 Day Passes (2 adults/2 children) ($56 value)

The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on, family friendly Museum located in Norwich, Vermont. Exhibits at the Montshire are designed for guests of all ages to explore, and the Museum’s property includes several miles of nature trails. The museum is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm and this 4 pack of admissions passes are good for a one time use with an expiration date of 5/8/2015.

209 -SleepyDog Kennel: Doggie Daycare or Boarding ($60 value)

Do you have a sleepy dog? Do you want one? Drop your dog off at SleepyDog Kennel, conveniently located off of I-89’s exit 17, for a fun day of play or an overnight visit! This gift certificate is good for 3 days of doggy daycare or 2 nights of overnight boarding.

210 -Seventh Generation:  Gift Bag

Seventh Generation provides solutions for your home, your family, and your environment that protect and nurture your well-being today, and open the door to a more sustainable world for generations yet to come. By making conscious choices, we believe the earth will return the favor and continue to care for us, too. This earth friendly bag contains fantastic products to keep your home clean, healthy, and environmentally happy. Included in the bag are natural dishwasher detergent packs, 100% recycled paper towels, 100% recycled bathroom tissue, disinfecting multi-surface cleaner, tub and tile natural cleaner, natural laundry stain remover, glass and surface natural cleaner, disinfecting wipes, natural dish liquid, and natural laundry detergent powder.

 

 

 

NHL Package

 

This package, generously donated by the National Hockey League, includes an official signed NHL cap signed by the entirety of the 2013-2014 Boston Bruins Team. Additionally, the winner will receive a gorgeous genuine leather NHL Travel Duffle Bag, a second NHL cap, an Official Stanley Cup pin, and an official NHL game puck.

 

 

Girl’s Ski Package

This young girl’s ski package includes a brand new set of Rossignol Trixie Pro 125 skis, purple Moon Boots, a cozy pair of flowered ski socks, and a multi-color set of Spy+ ski goggles!

 

 

One-Night Stay at Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa

The winner of this gift certificate will enjoy a one-night stay at Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa located in the beautiful heart of Stowe, Vermont.

Vermont Skydiving Adventures

Tandem skydiving offers a unique way of experiencing all aspects of skydiving while enjoying the security of having an instructor attached during the entire skydive. This method is ideal for the one-time jumper or as an introduction to the sport. Just 20 minutes of training and you’re on your way!

Marchesi di Como Silk Tie

This luxurious patterned tie is direct from the style connoisseurs at Marchesi di Como in Italy.  Unparalleled in style or product, this tie is sure to enhance any gentleman’s collection.

 

 

 

 

 

Paris by Design Consultation

This certificate entitles the winner to a one hour Paris travel planning consultation with Paris travel expert, Karen Kane. You will get help and advice on great restaurants, the perfect place to stay, and activities to match your interest, plus cultural insights you won’t get anywhere else!

 

Green Mountain Signed and Numbered Print

This signed and numbered print by artist Katharine Montstream of the Green Mountains includes a view from majestic Camel’s Hump to Mount Mansfield. Painted to depict the early morning, mist floats lightly in the foreground revealing a glorious Green Mountain day.

 

Summer Adult Area Use Membership to Catamount Outdoor Family Center

This certificate is for adult area use membership for summer 2014. It includes trail use during any daylight hours plus the Tuesday night trail run series. Trails include areas for mountain biking, trail running, and walking.

Trainer’s Automotive Gift Certificate

This certificate entitles the winner a 5W30 – 5 quarts oil change for any make or model vehicle, vehicle service, and a Vermont State Inspection with a smile!

Original Watercolor Painting

This is an original, signed, framed watercolor painting depicting a Vermont winter scene in blues, grays, and whites. The artist is Deborah Kehoe. The painting itself measures 4 ½”x4 ½” and is framed in a white shadowbox style frame measuring 10”x10”.

 

 

Two SoundPump Splash-proof Bluetooth Speakers

These small Bluetooth speakers have an amazing sound in a small package! Splash-proof, with volume control, play/pause and forward/reverse all from the speaker, and chargeable by any USB device, these little speakers pack a big punch!

Holbein Artist Half Pan Watercolor Set

Designed for watercolorists who enjoy water color portability, Holbein Artists Half Pan Watercolor uses the highest concentration of pigment possible, while affording the user great ease in re-wet ability. All colors offer exceptional brilliance, excellent light-fast ratings and crisp, clean results without muddiness.

 

 

Leunig’s Bistro Gift Certificates (2)

Come enjoy the panache of Paris and the value of Vermont, right in the center of town! Leunig’s Bistro is the best place in town to get that old world café feeling right on Church Street in Burlignton. As the winner of this package you will receive two separate certificates. Each certificate includes a dinner for two including two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts!

 

Cozy House Painting

This is a striking 12’’x12’’ acrylic painting by Robert Waldo Brunelle depicts a city street on a sunny winter day.

 

 

 

 

 

Giclee photograph entitled “Second Cut”

This limited edition Giclee photograph entitled “Second Cut” depicts the sun rising, framing a Vermont farmhouse and fields in front of a set of mountains. The print is matted and framed to 20”x26”.

 

 

 

Shelburne Farms One Year Family Membership

Enjoy family fun at Shelburne farms with this one year membership package. One year family membership includes free admission to tours on the property, the hiking trails, the Children’s Farmyard, and the annual Harvest Festival. You will also enjoy a 10% discount on Farm Store and Catalog purchases, a calendar of events, E-newsletters, catalogs, and discounts on selected Children’s, Family, and Adult Education programs.

Wursthof Classic Carving Set

This forged knife set from Wusthof features a hollow-edge 8 inch classic carving knife and straight meat fork.

Kripalu Center 2 Night Retreat and Renewal Stay for One Person

This gift certificate affords the winner a complimentary two night retreat and renewal stay for one person at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Our schedule is flexible—you choose what and how much to do from a range of inspiring workshops, replenishing yoga classes, and outdoor activities each day.

Lake Champlain Chocolates Gift Bag

This delicious bag of goodies comes from the one and only Lake Champlain Chocolates. Lake Champlain Chocolates has been crafting specialty chocolates in Burlington, Vermont, for 30 years. Included in this gift bag are sea salted caramels and assorted individual chocolates.

Aristelle Bra Fitting Party

Great for a girl’s night out, bridal shower, bachelorette party, or baby shower! Treat yourself and up to seven of your friends to a fun-filled evening with champagne and strawberries. During your private party, you will enjoy complimentary bra fittings and consultations to learn your current bra size and the styles and brands that suit your body best. Each guest will receive a free gift bag at the end of the evening (up to a $30 value).

EB Strong’s Prime Steakhouse Gift Certificate

This gift certificate for EB Strong’s Prime Steakhouse will provide the winner with up to $75 in delicious USDA Prime steaks and other chef inspired professional entrees, appetizers, and deserts. EB Strong’s Prime Steakhouse is located on the historic Church Street Marketplace, in the old Abernathy’s building on the top block.

 

Shelburne Museum Family Day Pass Certificate

This gift certificate is good for any day throughout the entire 2014 season at the Shelburne Museum for up to two adults living at the same address and any household children through the age of 18. Grandparents may bring their grandchildren.

Shelburne Vineyards Gift Certificate

Enjoy a picnic and stroll through the vineyard or sip a glass of wine in the Tasting Room or on the Patio. Come in to taste our wide selection of award-winning White, Rose, Red and Ice Wines and let us help you choose your favorites! This $50 gift certificate is good for use toward the price of any available Shelburne Vineyard Wines or other merchandise.

 

 

 

 

Spring Concert Weekend – April 12 & 13

Our Spring Concert Weekend is just around the corner!  Join us for two days of exciting orchestral and choral performances by five VYOA ensembles as our students perform their spring repertoire.  All performances take place at the Elley-Long Music Center.

Saturday

 

1:00 pm — Vermont Youth Strings
Asiat Ali, conductor
Tickets available at the door—$5 Adults, $2 Students

4:00 pm — Vermont Youth Sinfonia
Jeffrey Domoto, conductor
Tickets available at the door—$5 Adults, $2 Students

7:30 pm — VYO Chorus & VT Youth Concert Chorale
Dr. Jeffrey Buettner & Kristin Bamberger, conductors
Tickets: flynntix.org, call 86-FLYNN, or at the door—$12 Adults, $7 Students

Sunday

 

7:00 pm — Vermont Youth Philharmonia
Yutaka Kono, conductor
VYO senior soloist Eileen O’Grady, violin
Tickets available at the door—$5 Adults, $2 Students

A Golden Jubilee: Celebrating 50 Years Young!

Tickets are on sale now!  Click here to order.

The VYOA celebrates 50 years young with a Golden Jubilee!  Please join us on Thursday, March 13 at 5:30 pm for a special evening honoring the founders of the Vermont Youth Orchestra.  This ticketed cocktail-hour event will include performances by VYOA students, refreshments, cash bar, and a themed basket raffle.  All proceeds from this event go to support VYOA ensembles, financial aid, and outreach programs.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate 50 years of music and memories for our community’s youth, and honor the people who made it all possible.

Tickets for this fundraising event are $50 per person and are non-refundable.  There are a limited number of tickets which can be purchased online here.  You can also print this form and mail it to us.  Raffle tickets for our themed baskets will be sold at the event.

Soovin rehearses with VYO

Today marks the first of a number of rehearsals that VYO members will have with Soovin this week.  They sound wonderful! Have you gotten your tickets yet?  This performance is not to be missed.

Icy walkways at ELMC!

Please be careful if you are visiting the Elley-Long Music Center today.  The front walkway and the walkway leading from our back parking lot is clear.  The sidewalks surrounding the building are very icy.  Some salting has been done but the ice is thick.  There is also sever flooding in the street in front of ELMC.  Be careful!

Calling All VYOA Alumni!

Calling all VYOA Alumni!

The VYOA’s 50th Anniversary season is off to a great start and will culminate in our gala anniversary concert at 3pm on May 4, 2014 at the Flynn Theater in Burlington, VT.  We are thrilled to invite our alumni to join the weekend celebration in several ways:

1. Share your memories of your VYOA experience with us and help us build better resources for our alumni by participating in our alumni survey.
2. Make plans to join us for the 50th Anniversary Weekend events , including the Friday, May 2nd commemoration and recreation of the VYO’s first concert at Hunt Middle School, a Saturday, May 3rd barbecue at Elley-Long Music Center, and the Sunday afternoon concert at the Flynn.
3. Participate in the VYO Alumni Orchestra in a performance of Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia led by 1995-2009 VYOA Music Director Troy Peters at the Sunday May 4th concert (rehearsal on the afternoon of Saturday May 3rd).
4. Sing in the chorus for the VYO’s first-ever performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Sunday concert.

Please fill out our alumni survey to share your VYOA memories and life events and indicate your interest in playing in the alumni orchestra and/or singing in the chorus. We will use the information gathered in this questionnaire to help us make decisions in forming the alumni orchestra and planning other activities. We aim to communicate alumni orchestra and choral participant information by the end of the year. Even if you know you will not be able to be physically present at the Anniversary Weekend activities, we’d like to acknowledge your part in the VYOA’s story.

We would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

Get a 50th Anniversary mug with your donation to the VYOA!

The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association celebrates 50 years!!

There is something about the VYOA that brought you to our website, and we’re glad you’re here!

What do you love about the VYOA?  Do you have fond memories as a former VYOA student? Are you a parent of a current or former VYOA student?  Maybe you’ve been to a performance and experienced the joy of music played by exceptionally gifted young people from across the state.

Whatever it is that you love about the VYOA, it’s made possible by generous support from individuals like you who understand the value and know the joy of music.

Please consider making a gift today to help the VYOA offer another 50 years of music education and performance guided by a clear mission:

“To develop young people as artists, citizens, and leaders
through the shared pursuit of musical excellence.”

Right now, everyone who makes a gift of $100 or more receives a 50th anniversary mug!  Never donated to the VYOA?  All first-time donors who give $50 or more also receive a mug.  Act now to be sure you get yours!

Want to help us use your donation to its fullest potential?  Add $5.00 to your gift to cover the shipping costs.  Either way, we’re glad to send it to you, and we are so grateful for your support!  Thanks for celebrating this amazing milestone with the VYOA: Music for youth. Music for life!

 

VYOA Open House – Sunday, November 3

The VYOA will be having an Open House on Sunday, November 3.  Stop by the Elley-Long Music Center between 2:30 & 5:30 pm to ask questions, observe a rehearsal, get information about our ensembles and programs, and enjoy some snacks.  Bring your friends and family or anyone interested in what the VYOA is all about!

Imani Winds Master Class – Saturday, October 26

Please join us on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Elley-Long Music Center for a master class featuring the world-class woodwind quintet, Imani Winds.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn while watching world-class musicians work with VYOA students.  Free and open to the public!


Imani Winds Biography – www.imaniwinds.com

More than North America’s premier wind quintet, Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.

Imani Winds’ touring schedule has taken them across the globe. At home, the group has performed in the nation’s major concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, and Kimmel Center. The group is frequently engaged by the premier chamber music series in Boston, San Francisco, Portland, Philadelphia and New York, and have also played virtually every major university performing arts series including those in Amherst, Ann Arbor, Austin, Seattle, Stanford, Urbana and countless others. Festivals include Chamber Music Northwest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society, Virginia Arts Festival, Bravo! Colorado, and Ravinia Festival. In recent seasons, the group has traveled extensively internationally, with tours in China, Singapore, Brazil, and throughout Europe. Current season highlights include debuts at La Folle Journee in Nantes, France, and in London’s Wigmore Hall.

The group continues its Legacy Commissioning Project, in which the ensemble is commissioning, premiering and touring new works for woodwind quintet written by established and emerging composers of diverse musical backgrounds. The Legacy Project kicked off in 2008 with world premieres by Alvin Singleton and Roberto Sierra. Since then, projects have included works by Jason Moran, Stefon Harris, Danilo Perez, Simon Shaheen, and Mohammed Fairouz. The group’s fifth album on E1 Music – entitled Terra Incognita after Wayne Shorter’s piece written for the group – is a celebration of the Legacy project with new works written for Imani Winds by Mr. Shorter, Jason Moran, and Paquito D’Rivera. Imani Winds make their Naxos debut performing the Legacy-commissioned-work Jebel Lebnan by Mohammed Fairouz on the composer’s March 2013 release, Native Informant.

The wide range of programs offered by Imani Winds demonstrates their mission to expand the repertoire and diversify new music sources. From Mendelssohn, Jean Françaix, György Ligeti, and Luciano Berio, to Astor Piazzolla, Elliott Carter and John Harbison; and to the unexpected ranks of Paquito D’Rivera and Simone Shaheen, Imani Winds actively seek to engage new music and new voices into the modern classical idiom. Imani members Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott both regularly contribute compositions and arrangements to the ensemble’s expanding repertoire, bringing new sounds and textures to the traditional instrumentation.

Through commissions and performance the quintet regularly collaborates with artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Wayne Shorter. Shorter’s Terra Incognita – his first-ever composition for another ensemble – was premiered by Imani Winds. The group went on to perform extensively with Shorter at major European festivals like the North Sea Jazz Festival, and in North America at venues such as Carnegie and Disney halls. On Shorter’s acclaimed 2013 release on Blue Note, Without a Net, Imani Winds are featured prominently. The group’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center residency culminated in a recital in New York’s Alice Tully Hall with renowned clarinetist/saxophonist/composer Paquito D’Rivera. The ensemble has also worked with luminaries such as bandoneonist Daniel Binelli, the Brubeck brothers, clarinetist David Shifrin, and pianists Gilbert Kalish and Shai Wosner. Their ambitious project, “Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot!” brought chanteuse René Marie with them to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and St. Louis.

Imani Winds enjoy frequent national exposure in all forms of media, including features on NPR’s All Things Considered, appearances on APM’s Saint Paul Sunday and Performance Today, BBC/PRI’s The World, as well as frequent coverage in major music magazines and newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. The group maintains an ongoing relationship with Sirius-XM and has been featured multiple times and on various channels.

Their excellence and influences have been recognized with numerous awards including the 2007 ASCAP Award, 2002 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, as well as the CMA/WQXR Award for their debut and self-released recording Umoja. At the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Imani Winds was selected as the first-ever Educational Residency Ensemble, in recognition of their tremendous musical abilities and innovative programming.

Imani Winds’ commitment to education runs deep. The group participates in residencies throughout the U.S., giving master classes to thousands of students a year. In the summer of 2010, the ensemble launched its annual Chamber Music Festival. The program, set on the Juilliard campus, brings together young instrumentalists from across North America and beyond for an intense week of music exploration.

Imani Winds have five releases on E1 Music, including their 2006 Grammy Award nominated recording entitled The Classical Underground. They have also recorded for Naxos and Blue Note.